The green-thumbed technicians at Gardens by Marsetti cultivate lush, thick lawns with aeration and fertilization services. Clients consult with lawn specialists to describe their yard-related goals, such as achieving grass that's as comfortable to bare feet as socks made of wookie fur. Technicians thoroughly aerate grassy areas, removing plugs of soil to allow oxygen, water, and nutrients to enter the ground and nourish roots. After aerating lawns, technicians determine how much fertilizer is appropriate to foster grass health before feeding eager turf.
Drill bits twist, measuring tape unfurls, and saws chomp through two-by-fours in ACE Hardware, where shelves dangle with scores of tools and other home-improvement essentials. Wall pigment by Ace Paint and Benjamin Moore beams across the color spectrum as faucet parts and cabinet hardware retool aging abodes and jury-rigged time machines. Large appliances, such as Honeywell space heaters, Perfect Aire air conditioners, and Cadet thermostats, keep indoor air at a comfortable temperature. Outside, bags of seed and compost join charcoal grills to brighten backyard celebrations as rolling hand trucks heft heavy lumber purchases or prefab doghouses for socialite canines. Tools, electrical tape, and other handyman essentials round out each location's array of fixative and creative supplies.
Family-owned and operated since the mid-1970s, Fregosi and Co. Paints is a local paint business and retailer of Benjamin Moore products. The blossoming company features four Bay Area locations, including this friendly South-of-Market showroom. Old-fashioned, knowledgeable customer service here comes straight from one of three generations of Fregosis and their staff, answering all paint-related questions with easy charm and industry know-how, but none of the pretension that can sometimes overwhelm folks at similar shops. These guys may provide the industrial-sized paint supplies and services to large-scale hotels and office buildings, but they are always happy to assist small contractors and DIY-ers with issues from color matching to tricky finishes. The showroom also supplies your peripheral paint needs, like tape, brushes and dropcloths.
Given how much time the average person spends in bed, the team at Select Sleep Mattress believes everyone should be entitled to their own personalized mattress. Instead of selling premade mattresses, they have a three-step custom building process that lets sleepers to create their ideal bed. Customer circulate through the shops, selecting their foundation, support level, and comfort level, or waiting while assembly takes place in the on-site factory. Crews then deliver the finished product, and the comfort guarantee gives customers a six-month option to have their mattress rebuilt if it isn’t comfortable enough or if it makes them have that dream where the mailman unravels into a pile of hair.
A top-notch pool is essential to competitive swimmers' training needs. Fortunately for them, Calphin Aquatic Club was cofounded by Xiaohong Wang, who was named to the Chinese National Team at age 16 and eventually earned a silver medal at the 1992 Summer Games. Now a coach, she has a distinct understanding of why quality counts when it comes to swimming. To that end, the club's main Fremont location houses a small indoor pool heated to 88 degrees and a larger pool heated to 82 degrees. The other locations also offer heated pools, including the Olympic-sized outdoor one in Sunnyvale.
All of these watering holes are kept pristine for lessons and training sessions. Young children tackle the small pool in Learn to Swim or Aqua Baby classes that teach them how to float and communicate telepathically with marine life. Meanwhile, older kids and adults can go from swimming novice to competitive master during group or private sessions that focus on the basics or specific strokes. But recreational swimmers shouldn't intimidated by Calphin Aquatic Club's professional edge. The pools also offer fitness programs, including swimming for fitness, aerobic exercise, and low-impact workouts for people with arthritis.
At Bloomies on Main, a two-woman team strives toward a single goal: to create classically beautiful floral arrangements as unique as the events they celebrate. Designer Sorayah Azadan’s floral and interior-design degrees give her aesthetic expertise that she uses in her work alongside manager and head designer Sarah. Together, the two work hard to avoid the cookie-cutter bouquet look, and instead create fresh and tasteful arrangements for any occasion. Their best sellers include the Fashionista Blooms—a bouquet of yellow and pink roses and pink daisies. Another popular choice is the Fruit and Blooms basket—a handful of purple blooms atop a pile of bananas, apples, and oranges. They can also assemble flowers for anniversaries, new babies, birthdays, and the anniversary of a new baby, also known as a birthday.